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Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3)

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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  27,998 ratings  ·  5,249 reviews
Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last?

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to c
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 14th 2014 by Dutton
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Jennifer Maloney The three girls from each of the books know each other and story 1 continues in books 2 and 3 as a side-story. Story 2 continues in book 3 as a…moreThe three girls from each of the books know each other and story 1 continues in books 2 and 3 as a side-story. Story 2 continues in book 3 as a side-story, as well. And story 3 actually begins as a side-story in book 1. So... yes, definitely read them in order or you won't understand the full emotion of everything and/or you'll get spoilers for the other stories by reading the endings before the beginnings.(less)
Cin You definitely don't have to. I did not read them in order. I read Isla and the Happily Ever After first and it didn't really change what I thought of…moreYou definitely don't have to. I did not read them in order. I read Isla and the Happily Ever After first and it didn't really change what I thought of the book after I read the other two. But if you get a chance you should read them all. I love them all.(less)
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Ariel
MY HEART IS BROKEN, BUT MY HEART IS TRUE.

Wowzapants: I have a lot to say. LET’S GET TO IT. (No spoilers.)

Let me start with the question everyone wants to know: is this your new favourite Stephanie Perkins? Unfortunately, not even close. My order is officially Anna, Lola, and then Isla.

Before I get into the meat of this all, please know that I didn't hate it. I really enjoyed most of it. I flew through the entire thing in one day. Stephanie Perkins knows how to write some truly adorable moments.
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Mara
“'There's no story,' I say. 'I saw you one day, and I just knew.'”


Stephanie, I adore you, I really do. You bring me so much joy with your fluffy story-lines. But you always seem to be able to ground all the fluffiness with some maturity. This one lacked maturity. I did like it, but I just couldn't bring myself to love it.


My problem in one sentence: the setting was colourful, the characters weren't.

The setting was beautifully wistful. I mean it's hard for it not to be when it's set in a city l
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Melannie :)
Jun 03, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read


*tries to pull off an Etienne St. Clair*

I CAN'T BLOODY WAIT!




Emily
Nov 25, 2014 Emily marked it as on-hold  ·  review of another edition
For those who don't follow Stephanie's blog, here's her reason for Isla not being released until 2013...

"Finishing Lola was the hardest thing that I have ever done. It left me mentally, physically, and spiritually barren. I was close to quitting . . . everything. It's taken me a long time to recover, and I'm only feeling like myself again now, about six months later. As I've learned with many hard situations in life, the only thing that can really heal a person is time.

What I'm saying is this: I
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Kat O'Keeffe
THIS WAS SO ADORABLE AND FUNNY AND EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED TO READ! I didn't love it quite as much as Anna and Lola, and a few aspects were kind of frustrating, but despite that, I still really enjoyed it! I actually stayed up until 6am reading so I could finish it all in one sitting! I'll talk more about it in a video soon :)
Tatiana
Aug 29, 2014 Tatiana rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldn't
Aww, two rich, horny kids (one - a stalker, another - a self-centered "artiste") are not allowed to travel around Europe without permission and have sex anywhere they feel like. How tragic!

Perkins' romances are getting worse and worse. 1 star because she can do better than this.
Wendy Darling
4.5 stars Ridiculously adorable, and a lovely, note-perfect ending to this series.

Review to come.

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The ARC is sooo pretty!



And for those interested, you can get these cute buttons + decals (and possibly a tote) by pre-ordering the book at one of these stores: http://penguinteen.tumblr.com/post/88...
Sophia.
[[ DISCLAIMER: This review is going to be long ; painfully negative ; and full of spoilers. Also, I love Stephanie Perkins. I follow her blog and I think she's a genuinely great person. However, I do tend to treat books like the commercial objects that they are. So I'm not making this personal against Perkins. I am aware that it was a fucking struggle for her to write this book, and I am sorry, but I paid for it, and I was sorely disappointed. ]]

Okay let's do this.

I am part of the original rea
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Claudia
Oh, book, you were so beautiful. So so perfect. I'm in love with Josh and I'm still in love with St. Clair and still think that Cricket is the most adorable thing in the world.

Maybe the romance moved a little too fast but then I remembered that for the other two books we had to wait until the end for the couple to kiss I get together or etcetera and I was more than okay with it.

Josh was such a sweetheart. I knew I would love him. I just had this feeling with him. I'm swooning just remembering
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Laura
I feel like I've waited a hundred years for this book. I was so excited to get my hands on it.

Now, I'm just so disappointed.

A while back, I saw some negative reviews for Anna and the French Kiss that said the book was basically a bunch of rich teenagers whining over how their world wasn't perfect enough. I didn't actually have that problem with Anna and the French Kiss. I adored Anna and the French Kiss. Everything that happened in that book (albeit I will admit that Anna seemed snobby sometime
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Ariana
I really can't wait for this book and I hope to love it just as much as I loved Anna! (which btw, is quite a whole damn lot!)


Taken from the author's blog - this will be my Josh from now on :D

So, I read this today...
"Finishing Lola was the hardest thing that I have ever done. It left me mentally, physically, and spiritually barren. I was close to quitting . . . everything. It's taken me a long time to recover, and I'm only feeling like myself again now, about six months later. As I've learned wi
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Zemira Warner
I like the cover. I just wish we got to see Isla and Josh on the cover just like we did with previous couples.

OMG! This book has softened my cold heart. I cried two times- when Lola and Cricket appeared and in the end because this book was beautiful. It wasn't as good as the first two but it was good in it's own special way.

I loved the way Stephanie incorporated her own personal issues into Josh's character. It took some courage to write a less bubbly version of herself. I got used to her easyg
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Keertana
Sometimes, you can just feel when a novel is about to change your life.Islachanged mine.

Stephanie Perkins knows the deepest corners of my heart; the spaces where the darkest secrets and most tragic insecurities lie. In Anna, Lola, Isla--in them she painstakingly reveals, piece-by-piece, the fears I hesitate to lay before even those most beloved to me. But, in doing so, she reminds me that I am not alone in my swirling thoughts. To sit down and curl up with a Stephanie Perkins romance is to lose
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Jena
Jul 08, 2011 Jena marked it as to-read
Shelves: wishy-list
STEPHANIE PERKINS NEEDS TO WRITE STORIES FOR EVER. Because they are just PERFECT. <3
Joel
The ending of this was so cliché, but so are all of the books in the series so I'm used to it by now.

I'm really glad most of this was set in Paris like just like Anna's book, love dat! I did have to cover my eyes for some parts in the Barcelona chapters, but still a fun book anyway ^_^
Shannon
AHHHHHH OH MY GOD. 5am and I have finally finished this beauty, I could not put it down. Freaking fantastic.
Laura

6 Stars!

This book is beautiful. Take your breath away beautiful!

No words can describe how special this book is to me. Reading Isla and the Happily Ever After felt natural and comfortable. Like sitting down with an old friend.

Stephanie Perkins, Isla, Josh, and this gorgeous lite-up-with-life city made me want to…..

Draw
Jump on a train and go anywhere and everywhere
Eat crème brulee every chance I get!
Move
Dream, RISK, want, and love.
Fall,
Fall,
Fall in love.

My heart has never felt more alive in and
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Jamie-leigh Haughn
HOW CUTE WAS THIS BOOK???!!!????

This was for sure my favourite of the three books, I loved everything about it, the setting, the characters, the love story, the integration of old characters with new, it was just wonderful! Of the three couples, Isla and Josh were by far my favourite, they were so relatable and their love story felt real and you really felt for them when they had their ups and downs. I really liked how we got to go back to Paris in this book and enjoy its magic one last time! I
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Bethany
Jan 23, 2011 Bethany marked it as to-read
*Talks like Amanda*


OMG. This book is going to be amazing. I wonder if Josh is in there, too. I hope so...

Thomas
I enjoyed reading my friends' reviews of Isla and the Happily Ever After more than I enjoyed reading the book itself. I have always respected Stephanie Perkins and her blog, but if you want to read positive reviews of Isla, you should click here and here. I will separate my review into a pro/con list for the sake of allowing myself to rant more easily simplicity.

Pros
- The writing: Stephanie Perkins's writing is still compulsively readable. It has a natural flow and ebb that kept me hooked long a
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Jessica (priceiswong)
She did it. Again.
My heart is so happy. <3

Full review to come!
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 Staphanie Perkins Could Make Me Love YA Stars



Those who know me might have noticed that I don't read that much YA anymore, those who don't know me, allow me to tell you that YA is not one of my favorite genres. So you can understand that I love Stephanie Perkins SO MUCH since she has managed to write not one but THREE INCREDIBLE YA books! Three books that have made it to my favorite shelves, three books that are my go-to when I'm feeling down, three books that I want to forget just so I can red
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Fenia
I'm crying and i'm hiccuping. and i can't see through the tears. OH. MY .GOD. You know how Voldermort had 7 Horcruxes? Well that's how i feel about books. Kind of. Its like there are parts of me,of my soul out there, and the more books i read,the better are the chances to find my Horcruxes. This book,this trilogy was that for me. I found a Horcruxe,just like with Fangirl.

I can't explain my love for this book easily,or without getting myself totally ridiculed. Well my fellow Goodreaders,i had a
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Nora Harrington
Jul 09, 2012 Nora Harrington marked it as to-read
Ok so I was so in love with Anna and the French kiss but then lola and the boy next door came out and I was sooooooo excited to read it.........but when I read it.....wellll let's just say it wasn't very good......but I kinda feel like since Anna and the french kiss was AMAZiNG maybe the second was just not fully ready or something. So I'm still going to read the third book and hope it's as good as the first (doubtful)!!!! Cross my finger though =)
Mel
Oct 03, 2014 Mel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Recordemos este fragmento de Anna and the French Kiss:

El profesor golpea otro escritorio, y la chica con cabello rojo a mi izquierda salta y deja caer todos sus papeles. Me inclino para ayudarla a recogerlos, y estoy sorprendida al descubrir una página entera de garabatos de un tatuaje de calavera familiar. Miro hacia arriba en sorpresa, y su cara se enciende como su cabello rojo. Miro hacia Josh y luego levanto mis cejas hacia ella. Sus ojos se amplían en horror, pero sacudo mi cabeza y sonrío
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Jaime Arkin
Absolute perfection... I smiled, I swooned, I loved!!! And josh has bumped etienne for sure.
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My initial reaction above still holds true, even 3 days after reading this!

How do I explain for you the perfection of this book… I’m going to come clean here. I was worried. Like SUPER worried about how this last book was going to turn out. I mean, it kept getting pushed back further and further from existence and for as much as I loved Anna, I didn’t fall for Lola quite as
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Anne
3.5 stars

Stephanie Perkins is the only author I can think of offhand that can write this kind of silly romantic drivel, and make me like it against my will.
I mean, it's...insane!
I loved it, ate it up with a spoon, and then had to go to bed with a stomach ache from all the sugar.

So here's the thing:
If you haven't liked her two previous books (Anna and the French Kiss or Lola and the Boy Next Door), then you need to skip your happy ass right past Isla and the Happily Ever After.
It's the same over-
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Dee Montoya
****4.5 Heartfelt Stars****

(BR with Mili)

Stephanie Perkins writes from the heart, her novels are not just to enjoy but to feel and dream about. This is the third novel of this series and it is a little different, the plot isn't as bubbly as the previous two, but I still loved it! Shows once again what a great and versatile author SP is. I highly recommend everyone to check out her books...

Isla and Josh both attend a boarding school in Paris. She's had a huge crush on him forever and this year he
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Valerie
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Alannah
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG!

I DON'T GET LIKE THIS FOR ALL BOOKS...
BUT WHEN ITS STEPHANIE PERKINS

I FUCKIN' FREAK OUT.
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Hi, there! I'm Steph, and I wrote ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS, LOLA AND THE BOY NEXT DOOR, and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. I also edited (and contributed a short story to) a romantic holiday anthology called MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME. My next YA novel will be horror—a teen slasher published by Dutton.

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